Do you remember when you were in high school and the popular kids seemed to have those award winning perfect smiles? I’m sure you were secretly envying them from afar and wondering what great evil you bestowed on yourself to be given such crooked, cavity over run teeth? I know it seemed like every time you went to the dentist, cavities needed to be filled. Then finally your told braces are needed. Your thinking “just great”! “Metal needs to be put in my mouth to corral my teeth from escaping”?
The big question is, are bad teeth hereditary? The truth is, only part of the blame can be put on your mom and dad. Perfect teeth are not just products of genetics but do play a part in the grand design.
There are many conditions directly related to genetics that can affect your teeth. For example:
- Hypodontia- the absence of teeth
- Oligodontia- missing more than 6 teeth
- Anadontia- complete lack of teeth
- Position of teeth- Misaligned teeth
- Surface crevices- grooves that allow for the growth of bacteria
- Saliva- natural ability to fight off cavities
As for the genetic components listed, the absence of teeth is rare. More commonly seen are position of teeth issues, surface crevices or saliva. The good news is these conditions can be effectively treated with modern dental treatments.
So how do you maintain a healthy beautiful smile?
- Start children going to the dentist at age 2
- Opt for Sealants on kids teeth
- Use enough but not too much fluoride
- Brush Twice a day
- Floss Daily
- Rinse or chew gum after meals
- Mouth Guards for sports
- Don’t Smoke
- Eat Healthy
- Avoid foods high in sugar
- See your dentist regularly
It has become more important than ever to maintain a vibrant healthy smile and a healthy body. Based on your general appearance (teeth, hair, clothes, shoes, and body fitness) people tend to make a snap judgement on what they think of you. I realize people tell you all the time that it’s what you have on the inside that matters. Only a shallow person would judge you on your physical appearance. I agree that a persons unique individual qualities should be the most important thing in any relationship but that is secondary to First Impressions. First Impressions do Matter. If the person you are engaging doesn’t find you visually stimulating enough to engage a second time, they will never find out how wonderful you are.
What is wrong with enhancing your appearance? There are many studies that indicate when you feel good about your appearance, your confidence level increases. The first trait most noticed while encountering another individual is their smile. If a persons is smiling they are considered engaging and friendly. Who doesn’t want to be around a friendly, engaging person? When a person doesn’t feel good about the appearance of their teeth, they tend to keep their mouth shut giving an impression of coldness. So if you are thinking about enhancing your smile, let me give you some reasons from PR News that might convince you to think about it.
The perception study reinforced the affect crooked teeth can have on one’s social life and how they are perceived by others, including:
- Making a Lasting impression: It’s important to have attractive teeth as part of a smile because pearly whites make a lasting first impression. Nearly one-third (29%) of Americans say the first aspect of someone’s face they typically notice is his or her teeth, and 24% say this is also the facial aspect that they remember the most after meeting someone.
- Straight Teeth = Success: These thoughts also extend to perceptions regarding an individual’s potential for professional and financial success. When looking at images, Americans perceive those with straight teeth to be 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience. They are also seen as 58% more likely to be successful, as well as 58% more likely to be wealthy.
- Love at First Sight: Not if you have crooked teeth. When it comes to attracting a possible mate on a dating site, those with straight teeth are seen as 57% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a date based on their picture alone.
- Crooked Teeth = Dull Social Life: Nearly two in five (38%) Americans would consider not going on a second date with someone who has misaligned teeth. Far fewer would ditch someone who lives with his or her parents (23%).
- Straight Teeth = Good Personality: People connect more positive descriptions with men and women who have straight teeth than those who have crooked teeth. Those with straight teeth are 21% more likely to be seen as happy, 47% more likely to be viewed as being healthy and 38% more likely to be perceived as smart.
- A Nice Smile Goes a Long Way: Nearly three in four (73%) Americans would be more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than someone with a good job, outfit, or car.
- The Want List: Having an attractive smile is something important to many Americans. Close to three in five (57%) Americans would rather have a nice smile than clear skin. What’s more, 87% would forego something for a year in order to have a nice smile for the rest of their life; more than one-third of these folks would give up dessert (39%) or vacations (37%).
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Dr. David M Glasscock, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
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- Charlotte, NC 28262